Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Website for College-bound Students with Disabilities

New Website for College-bound Students with Disabilities
This new website has been developed to help high school students learn about living college life with a disability. The site provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college. Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer a way to hear firsthand from students with disabilities who have been successful. Modules include activities that will help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and equip them with important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Dear Fellow Advocates:
As the petroleum industry shifted from a full service to a self service industry, they forgot about us. Many of us drivers with disabilities actually need help getting gas into our vehicles and by law they are required to pump our gas if there is more than one employee on duty. The two basic problems with this are:
1) We don't know how many employees are inside.
2) We have no consistent way of letting them know we need assistance when we get there.
There are millions of us drivers out there and we need to let our voices be heard.
We need you to do 5 things!
1) Watch these news videos about how drivers all over the country can't get gas in their car.
2) Fill out the survey (takes about 5 minutes).
3) Write legislators on Federal, State and local levels to share your frustrations. Visit our document library to see model legislation to fix this problem.
4) Share this site with other drivers with disabilities.
5) Write to the Department of Justice and let them know your thoughts about the current guidelines (PDF) that they are giving the petroleum industry. They are the enforcement arm of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and if they don't hear from you - then they won't know it's a problem. Here is the address:
United States Department of JusticeDisability Rights Sections
PO Box 66738, Washington, D.C. 20035-6738
Please take the time to read up on this issue. Many of us have a local gas station that know our cars when we pull up; however, if I were to come to your state, I would have no idea how and who was the "good guy" to pump my gas, thereby limiting my ability to travel.
The changes we are asking for are simple, clear, not too onerous and they would make our lives so much better. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Mike HarrisExecutive Director
Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America
(248) 476-9000

Thursday, April 16, 2009

New ADA Resources Amendment Act

The new ADAA became effective on January 1, 2009. While the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has not yet completed the regulations for the new legislation, the Job Accommodation Network has developed a publication and a resource page featuring information that is currently available about the Act. The new publication is called JAN's Accommodation and Compliance Series: The ADA Amendments Act of 2008. It will be periodically updated as additional information is made public and can be found at

GOOGLE Lime Scholarship announced

Google recently added this scholarship for individuals with visual impairments, the Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. We're partnering with Lime to offer scholarships to students with disabilities who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in Canada or the U.S. Lime is a not-for-profit organization that brings together global corporations and people with disabilities, bringing to light an untapped source of talent. Scholarships will be granted for the 2009-2010 academic year, and recipients will be invited to attend an all-expenses-paid retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View in 2010. We hope that this program will increase opportunities for students with disabilities and encourage them to pursue careers in computer science. We also hope to foster long-lasting relationships through which these students can support each other over the course of their academic studies. The deadline to apply for this year's Lime Scholarship is June 1, 2009. For
complete details, visit

Monday, April 13, 2009

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
You may have noticed that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 recently signed by President Obama provides for the one-time payment of $250 to individuals who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security benefits. SSA expects everyone who is entitled to a payment to receive it by late May 2009. The additional good news is that this one time stimulus payment will be disregarded by SSA. There is no need to report it to SSA, or to otherwise worry about what this payment will do to eligibility for benefits or monthly payment amount. For additional information